Issue 25 updates: New and ongoing cases
09/2015: Eric King, a 28-year-old vegan anarchist, was arrested and charged with an attempted firebombing of a government official’s office in Kansas City, MO. The criminal complaint states that both alleged incendiary devices failed to ignite. Scheduled to go to trial in July 2015, he is facing up to 30 years in federal prison.
Since his arrest last September, he has been extremely isolated from his loved ones and has been targeted by the guards, who have repeatedly put his safety in jeopardy. Eric is being held in the segregation unit and has been assured that during his time at CCA Leavenworth he will remain in segregation. Despite these struggles, he continues to maintain his good spirits and his resolve to see his legal situation through to the end. He is also maintaining his dedication to struggling for a world free of domination and oppression. supportericking.wordpress.com
1/21: U.S. journalist Barrett Brown was sentenced to 5 years 3 months, for charges related to the 2011 Stratfor hack. freebarrettbrown.org
1/21: Anti-mining activist Katie “Krow” Kloth was sentenced to 9 months in county jail. This Eco-Warrior has been in custody in the Iron County, WI jail since early February 2015 for standing up to Goegebic Taconite which was trying to level the ancient Penokee hills to create the world’s largest taconite mine. earthfirstjournal.org
1/22: Jason Hammond was sentenced to 41 months in prison after accepting a non-cooperating guilty plea for his role in a militant direct action directed at white supremacists in the suburb of Tinley Park. freejasonhammond.blogspot.com
3/12: Palestinian activist Rasmea Odeh sentenced to 18 months for allegedly giving false answers on her immigration applications. Rasmea is a 67 year old Palestinian American community leader who was tortured by the Israeli government in 1969. Her case is part of a larger campaign against Palestinian leaders, institutions, and community members; as well as an example of government repression waged against oppressed nationalities, anti-war, social justice, and international solidarity activists. justice4rasmea.org
6/12: After over 43 years of solitary confinement and wrongful conviction, on June 8, 2015, U.S. District Court Judge James Brady ruled that the Angola 3’s Albert Woodfox be both immediately released and barred from a retrial. The Court has extended a stay of release at least until the time that it issues its ruling later in the fall. See “Will Albert Woodbox be freed?” on page __. angola3.org
7/2015: Kevin Johnson and Tyler Lang pleaded to a single count of conspiracy to violate the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act. They each face up to 5 years at their upcoming sentencing hearings. supportkevinandtyler.com
Please help to make sure that Kevin and Tyler feel a lot of love and support during this time while they are in prison and awaiting sentencing. Send them a letter, donate to their commissary, and continue to work to help animals.